Astros Struggling

By Patrick Erickson

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Sure we knew they weren’t going to be all that great this year. Sure this team has had some bad luck of having to face Adam Wainwright, Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay, and Matt Cain in their first 7 games. And yes they are without Lance Berkman.

But Houston is having some serious problems, especially offensively. 0-7 and the only winless team in the majors is one thing. 0-7 with THIRTEEN RUNS TOTAL is a whole other thing.

Put it this way. The Arizona Diamondbacks had as many runs in the 4th inning on Sunday as the Astros have scored the ENTIRE YEAR. 10 of those runs came in 2 games. That means in the other five they have scored a total of 3.

While no one expected them to contend with St. Louis and Chicago or even the Reds in the Central, the team still has talent. Carlos Lee, the aforementioned, injured Lance Berkman. Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence are solid hitters as well. Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez are one of the better 1-2 rotation punches in the National League.

But the roster really drops off after that. Pedro Feliz and Kaz Matsui are okay, but not great, players. Same goes for Humberto Quintero. The back of the rotation is awful and the bullpen is okay, but is going to be overworked all year.

Maybe this team will return to respectable with Berkman coming back soon, but don’t count on it. Carlos Lee is 3-27 with 9 strikeouts. And Berkman doesn’t fix the pitching.

It is going to be a long year for first-year manager Brad Mills at this rate.

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